Watermelon Dorado | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,185
Reviews:
239
Ratings:
941
pDev:
17.68%
 
 
Wants:
28
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Trade:
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Reviews: 239 | Ratings: 941
Photo of patre_tim
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper hazy with a pink tinge, moderate carbonation and a finger of yellow head.

Smells of malts, citrus, a hint of watermelon, caramel and pine.

Tastes of watermelon, creme brulee, pine, and deep dank double ipa notes.

Thick, syrupy body with moderate carbonation.

I got this in Redding where I am drinking it, Feb 1st, 2019. Decent, different, and makes you think.

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Photo of Tacoma223
4.06/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice smell, nice color and good foamy head. Taste is of watermelon and a nice hoppy iPa. The aftertaste is where it goes wrong, very off bitter taste but not undrinkable. This would be a nice summer ipa and has a nice amount of ABV so all you would need is a few. I cannot see me sitting and drinking more than 2 in a sitting.

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.81/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is like pop rocks watermellon with a 7-Up mashup. Apperance is copper with 1 finger head. Flavor is bitter carmel with a slight melon finish. There is a distinct alcohol burn - not exactly masked as with other DIPAs - just sayin. Not overly hopped but definitely a big beer. Not a bad DIPA - a nice beer nonetheless.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Want to take a solid west coast double ipa and ruin it? Look no further! What I liked about the base dorado was the balanced combination of hops and malty flavors. This feels like all the complexity is now buried under a shellac of fake watermelon. Too much watermelon!

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Photo of Holderness
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a lovely deep golden color with a dense white head that retained excellently. Some lacing. Aromas are primarily grassy, herbaceous, and soy-sauce like, with a little watermelon in the back. Flavors are much more watermelon-forward. The hops lack character in this one -- they are almost entirely earthy, grassy, and vegetal. Pretty bitter mouthfeel, medium carb. Overall the watermelon flavoring feels a little forced

67/100

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.49/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Ballast Point Brewing Co. "Watermelon Dorado"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "DO 164W 17181 12:47"
$2 @ Weis, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Geebus, how many variations of their beers are Ballast point going to do? What's next, habanero watermelon Dorado? Or did they do that already? But this is a double IPA so how bad could it be. Nice fluffy-then-creamy bright white head over a clear dark golden/light amber colored body. The aroma is distinctly watermelon but it's also perfumy and floral, and kind of vegetal, or maybe even medicinal. Could that be hops interfering? It almost seems a little like Italian parsley or cilantro - or a lot like both Italian parsley AND cilantro, peppery. Very odd. Let me try again... yeah, there's something definitely weird about it. There's the watermelon on the one side that's nice, and then there's a very odd aroma on the other that's off-putting. I'm in all honestly 100% hesitant about tasting it right now. ... ... ... I'll just say right now that this is NOT good, a beer's aroma should not be off-putting. The flavor follows almost exactly with some golden malt added in. The peppery and vegetal character is not as bad but it doesn't really need to be - even a little bit is bad enough. Very floral, peppery, and earthy and piney. It's medium bodied and crisp, seemingly thinner than a double IPA should be. The odd thing is it's also bitter, and it sticks in the back of the mouth. And the alcohol is noticeable as well. Hmmmmm, just bad. This is not only the worst beer I've had from Ballast Point, but also one of the worst beers I've ever had.

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Photo of tombo615
2.1/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

I'm a huge Ballast Point fan - but this beer was honestly a huge let down. The nose smells like artificial watermelon - very similar to Bubblicious watermelon bubble gum. Look was a copperish orange. The taste was just a huge unbalanced mess; super bitter, heavy on the malt character, tons of watermelon, and honestly hard to drink.

One of the very few beers in recent memory that I dumped down the drain. Don't judge Ballast Point by this beer! Still love these guys but they should really retire this brew.

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Photo of tumblingpenguin
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad but nothing special either. I wouldn't recommend a six pack of them. Works great as just a one-off, try something different, have a fun drink kind of beer. Unless you're obsessed with watermelon and love Ballast Point, in which case this is definitely for you.

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Photo of Strix
2/5  rDev -42%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Looks like any other DIPA, clear golden orange, good head.

Smell is piney, but with alcohol and watermelon bubbalicous.

Ack, this is a hot mess. Diacetyl butter, piney hop note, followed by a grassy vegetables, alcohol, plus notes of... watermelon bubbalicous, bile, ammoxocilin, ugh, I don't know.

Mouthfeel is irrelevant if you can't drink it.

No thanks, big miss for me.

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Photo of clager
4.34/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

As others have said, the watermelon flavor is strong. Unlike many others, however, I like it. It's sweet yet has a good hoppiness and bitterness to it. To me it does taste like a 10%er, before I knew the ABV I was thinking "man, that tastes like a mixed drink." If you like fruity IPAs, give this one a try, I think you'll like it. If you don't want that, look elsewhere.

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Photo of LarrySTJ
3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The watermelon flavor is very strong almost overdone. However, it does not go down like a normal 10%er. Tossing back a few of these is easily doable. The difference between bottle & can versions of these vs. tap is huge. At the very least you need to pour these into a glass if you can.

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Photo of MemphisSooner
3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I want so much to like this beer. But it is just a little off. The look and nose are money. The taste, not so much. This has all the elements of Ballast Point double IPA deliciousness with an overwhelming pungency of Watermelon Bubblicious. Just a cloying synthetic watermelon bomb. And it is super heavy.

All in all, wish I would have passed on this one.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.14/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste: Big watermelon, not sweet notes, Crisp, refreshing, citrus hops. Nose is semi sweet, floral. Amber/orange color, unfiltered, not much head in taster glass. medium body. Not bitter, melon flavors come out, can not taste that it is 10.0 ABV and 90 IBUs

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Photo of Blackop555
3.09/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours copper. Short, foamy, white head fades fast.

Smells fake watermelon almost like candy, malt and citrus.

Tastes strong fake watermelon, light bready malt and citrus peel. Finish is dry with bitter pine and watermelon linger. Medium body and fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - Copper, 1 finger of head, lots of lacing. Gorgeous brew

S - Watermelon flavors dominate, big hop aroma behind the melon.

T - Melon dominates, but hoppy and tasty

F - Medium body and heavy carbonation

O - Great beer, but watermelon is an interesting combo with a DIPA

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Photo of Ghrymm
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz can. BB July 05/2017
A: Pours a clear light golden amber with a thin white head and some lacing, Looks are the best this beer has.
S: A strange nose i am not sure what it is a hint of watermelon i guess, not a nice nose.
T: Well there is watermelon there but a vegetable taste is there for sure .
F: Bleh
O: A total fail skip it.

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Photo of laneyhantz
2.34/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

This watermelon as a double IPA does not pair well. This flavor is more fake tasting than other fruity beers I have had. The after taste is quite disappointing and lingers in a bad way. Ballast Point makes great beers but this one is a miss in my opinion.

Bottom Line: Skip this one. It's not worth it

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.02/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a half pint glass: color is gold, head is brighter off white, mainly fine bubbles, good lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is sweeter, semi-fake watermelon flavoring, like jolly ranchers, with moderate malt sweetness as well, less hop strength but noticeable as a last aroma.

Taste is way overdone watermelon essence, dry and mouth blasting at first, then as it warms the malt flavors begin to counter some of the watermelon strength, or maybe my tongue is just numbed.

Mouthfeel - this once bites the tongue and leaves you incapable of tasting some of the depth of this beer - hops, malt, earth, toast.

Overall a beer I was more excited to try than the end result, a bit disappointing - as many watermelon beers are - better to mix watermelon puree with base beer than try to package.

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Photo of CraftBeerApprentice
2.31/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Look: Copper hue. Good lacing.
Smell: Cloying, syrupy aroma that masks the grapefruit and pine of the base beer.
Taste: Obnoxiously sweet. Between the hefty malt bill and the addition of watermelon, this beer tastes syrupy and cloying. Very displeasing.
Feel: Same as the original: big mouthfeel with mild CO2.
Overall: This is a good example of "too much". In my opinion, the watermelon needs to be dialed back a lot, because this beer tastes like syrup. "Beerup" is probably how I'd describe it. Way too sweet to the point of being sickening.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a darker gold with lots of carbonation visible as this beer is pretty clear. Has a bone colored head that was rather large in size with large soapy bubbles. The head was pretty solid and lasting in nature.

The smell was a bit earthy with some pine and citrus coming out to the nose.

The taste was of pine mixed with a faint hint of watermelon. Some citrus comes out on the tongue as well.

Mouth feel borders on medium yet finishes fairly crisp.

The beer is nicely done and hides the 10% ABV very well. I was just looking forward to more watermelon flavor and I was getting more of a pine filled very well done IPA flavor. The watermelon is there, however it was on the fainter side of the flavor reception.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm...All I can say is that watermelon is an interesting flavor to put with hops. I'm not inclined to put bitter with the watery sweetness of this melon. This one moves to much towards eating the rind, which is not a place that I venture much in my summer melon indulgences. I like the aroma more than the taste with the soft hints of melon and the less intense hop presence and none of the bitter. Looks fine and feels fine too. Alcohol subtle considering the size and all, although it warms the gut quickly. I'm fine I bought a 6-er, but I doubt I'd buy one again.

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Photo of jwilcox767
4.17/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It looks like I'm one of the few people that really likes this brew. It's definitely a watermelon-heavy, hoppy, and slightly bitter beer, but it's very well done. Not really sweet, but that's a good thing. Need to get more of it.

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Photo of Ari1991
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Quite a strong beer for my taste, hate the smell it just smelled like an overripe watermelon to me(and I hate watermelon even a day after cutting it, it's fresh or nothing for me) taste almost like a mixed drink but suuppper bitter aftertaste that's overwhelming to the point of making me fret taking another sip even though the taste isn't bad at first and the feel is great. Much more cloudy feel than look , definitely summery which is nice any time of year but I do prefer to stick to seasonal beers most of the time, never anything too bitter, then again maybe that was my mistake here, getting a DIPA but hyvee had it on sale for 5$ cuz it's date was getting close, but that's the only way I can afford beers that typically cost 3$ per. Lol

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Photo of california_republic
1.93/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.25

Smell: Actually kind of good, like sweet potato or what it smells like outside of a brewery. Maybe malt? Fair amount of watermelon. However the pine is very overwhelming. Overall the combination of smells is kind of confusing and disjointed.
Taste: Awful. It's just pine and the sweet potato/fermenting smell but too overwhelming to be refreshing. Not that bitter because the pine is just too strong. I don't really get the watermelon.
Feel: Actually alright, it feels very substantial, probably from being a DIPA. I guess there's watermelon in the aftertaste but I don't really know how to look for it in the taste. It's hard to notice because I'm used to watermelon being sweet and it's hard to find the watermelon taste without sweetness.
Overall: I like the smell but hate the taste.

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Photo of IndiaPaleViking
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I'm a huge fan of Ballast Point; they have some incredible brews. Watermelon Dorado is just a bit confusing. It's not a great refreshing fruit example and it's not a great DIPA. The watermelon is a bit heavy handed and the alcohol takes over the hops. The 10% ABV gets the job done quickly but beer just tries to accomplish too much. The more you drink it the more palatable the watermelon becomes. Stone's Tangerine IPA is the gold standard of a fruited IPA and this one just can't quite live up to that standard.

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Watermelon Dorado from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 941 ratings